Courtesy of CalmClinic.com – by Rachel Ramos
The Secret of the Red Shirts
Let’s imagine that you and I are sitting in a
large stadium, watching a baseball game on a sunny
afternoon in mid-July.
I say to you, “Look around the
stadium. Take a good look and then close your
You do so.
Eyes closed? Okay.
I then ask, “How many red shirts
did you notice?”
You think for a moment and reply, “Why, I really
didn’t notice any. I was looking at the crowd.”
Just what I thought. When it came to noticing red
shirts, your eyes were wide open but you were
Alright, a second chance. Scan the crowd again,
but this time, look for the red shirts.
You do so and suddenly notice more red shirts than
you can count.
Instantly, you have just experienced a quantum
leap in your ability to perceive red shirts.
That’s cool, you think. But why is this such a
powerful secret for getting rid of my anxiety …
or mastering anything else in life?
We feel whatever we focus on. Where your focus
goes your energy flows.
For the words, red shirts, substitute life you
Or career of your dreams.
Or love of your life.
Or physical health to envy.
Or family that’ll support and love you.
You won’t likely stumble across any of these
things by going through life staring blankly at
the crowd. But you will spot them unfailingly once
you look specifically, exclusively and
persistently for each.
In short, intention facilitates perception.
“Seek and ye shall find” is one of the oldest
truisms of life. But it works only when you seek
for one thing specifically, exclusively and
This is why “The Secret of the Red Shirts” takes a
minute to learn and a lifetime to master.
The problem is, we all want many things at once.
Life is so rich and enticing, we flit from light
to light like moths at a carnival. We seek not
only red shirts. We desire whole wardrobes, awash
in a peacock’s palette of colors, and we want them
But as you saw in the stadium of your mind, life
reveals its precious opportunities one at a time.
To find a red shirt, you must look for a red shirt
and only a red shirt, and keep looking for a red
shirt until you find one. Then you can move on to
yellow shirts, or whatever else you desire in
So, what “red shirt” should you be
looking for? What do you think is the one thing
that could most easily help you with your anxiety?
Vanished physical symptoms? Mastery over your
emotions? Better stress management on your job?
Decide what it is, then start looking for it
today. And don’t close your eyes until you find it.